Mammography is life-saving preventative measure to prevent breast cancer.
A Mammogram is a type of x-ray imaging which is used to detect cancers of the breast and other conditions. It is used as a screening tool and for diagnosis.
Ideally, you should schedule an annual preventive care exam, known as a well-woman exam. If you have chronic conditions, like polyps or endometriosis, your gynecologist may want to see you more regularly.
You should get your mammogram after the age of 40, once a year. If you have a family history of breast cancer and are above age 40, you should get a mammogram twice a year. If you are under 40 and have a family history of breast cancer you may need to get a mammogram done at least once a year, or as your doctor will recommend.
There are a few things you can do to prepare for your mammogram at Garden OB/GYN, just to ensure you get the most out of your visit and to help your doctor better understand your health.
If you’re due for a Pap smear, try to schedule your appointment on a day when you’re not on your period because menstrual flow could affect your results. Or if you need a blood draw, you might need to fast for several hours beforehand, but you can ask the caring team at Garden OB/GYN ahead of time if this applies to you.